RISE - AN AFRICAN YOGA RETREAT
An enchanting Yoga Retreat with Charlie Morgan & Ottilie Wellness
Monday 19th - Saturday 24th March 2018
Treehouse, Watamu, Kenya
"Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same.
But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it?"
* EARLY BIRD 10% OFF *
Until Wednesday 31st January 2018, when booking in full. Enter code EARLY10 at checkout
see 'COST OF RETREAT' and details below
From breathtaking sunsets, sunrises, tropical blue waters, enchanting full moons and a sky full of stars you feel like you are in space - Africa truly has magic, and that is just the location.
Charlie Morgan and Ottilie Wellness are bursting to offer you this retreat. A chance to feel alive, appreciate natural beauty, gain insight and feel connected, feed your body with nutritious fresh food, and explore the wondrous mind-body benefits of yoga in nature, deepening your practice and opening you up to a new way of living deeply.
“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest” - Freya Stark
There is nothing quite like the indescribable beauty of an African sunrise. The sun rises like a flower opening, giving light to the day and our goal for this week is to give you time and space, to open and RISE. The African skies exhibit a wonderful phenomenon that connect to your soul and providing the power of life and endless gratitude.
Also, being a treehouse this location is high - perfect for rising up, being on top and seeing what lies ahead.
• move from a lower position to a higher one; come or go up.
• an upward movement; an instance of rising.
"Alone we stand, together we RISE"
The retreat takes place over six days and five nights from;
Monday 19th March to Saturday 24th March 2018. (exact times tbc)
YOUR RETREAT LOCATION - WATAMU TREEHOUSE
Watamu Treehouse is a truly unique retreat centre situated on the nicest and quietest part of Watamu Beach – a beautiful stretch of white sand and warm blue water on the Kenya Coast.
Staying at Treehouse is unlike any other Coastal house or hotel. Watamu Treehouse has featured prominently in social media and in local and international press. In 2015 Harper’s Bazaar UK listed Treehouse first in their feature “THE WORLD’S BEST TREEHOUSE HOTELS”. And in 2016, the Telegraph Travel included Treehouse amongst their “BEST HOTELS IN KENYA”.
The “Treehouse Effect” of a peaceful restful break combines: beautiful and unique accommodation. Healthy and fresh meals. Yoga and treatments with a view, beach and adventures in nature.
Treehouse is comprised of two separate towers. KASKASI (NORTH) TOWER has three double rooms - each one is self-contained with its own double bed, bedroom, balcony, toilet, and shower. Two of the bedrooms have beautiful 360 degree views of the sea and forest and all of Watamu - including the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, stars, etc. The third bedroom has an incredible view of the forest and sunset. The house also has a kitchen, living/dining room and rooftop lounge area. There are additional sleeping areas.
KUZI (SOUTH) TOWER has 4 bedrooms, and all the rooms have 2 or 3 beds, balcony, bathroom, shower and private dining space. All the bedrooms have incredible sea views, and three of them also have views of the sunset and forest. The house also has a kitchen, two group dining areas, plus lounges and additional sleeping space.
All bedrooms are unique, refreshing and inspiring. Made with all local materials and dalles (recycled glass).
Wifi is installed at Treehouse, it works most of the time, certainly fast enough to stay in touch. However, to get the most from this retreat we recommend you disconnect or to think about minimal usage.
Treehouse has a pool and own private path through the forest straight down to the beach, and walking through the natural forest is one of the best parts of the Treehouse experience.
Treehouse is not a spa, but the health experience offered is nutrient rich fresh food, regular swimming, walking, yoga, nature, massages and deep sleeps. Be spiritually nurtured by the energy that Ottilie Wellness and Charlie Morgan will offer you.
Watamu Treehouse is a peaceful home for wellbeing on the Kenya Coast where guests can be alive, be strong, be fit, be relaxed, be happy, be present. JUST BE. Existing in harmony with the natural environment, connecting with yoga, meditation, adventures and rest so you can activate your radiant self through body, mind and soul.
"If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa" - John Hemingway
THE FOOD - THE WAY WE EAT
The food offered at Treehouse is healthy fresh and delicious. The menu offered through this retreat will be a mixed of vegetarian & vegan. As you are on the coast in Kenya there is nothing like the freshest seafood on offer. All meals will be tasty and freshly prepared catering for dairy and gluten free. Mostly sugar-free, but there is the treat of the best Italian gelato on the coast. A nice 5km walk all along the beach with the gelateria as the destination is definitely worth it!
Early morning fruit & freshly squeezed juice
A bit later in the morning, a full breakfast including specials like coconut or buckwheat pancakes, coastal coconut beans, avocado toast, quinoa breakfast porridge, home-made muesli and yoghurt, eggs any-style, teas, masala tea, coffee
Lunch delicious and nutritious soup, salads and main courses including whole grains and proteins - and a daily glass of madafu - FRESH coconut water!
Sundowner snacks and smoothie as you enjoy the magic of sunset
Supper again a healthy dinner. Mostly wheat-free, nutrient-rich, very fresh and energizing.
YOGA AT THE TREEHOUSE
Watamu Treehouse is the perfect place for relaxing and energizing yoga. In harmony with the elements, nature is a huge part of this RISE African Yoga Retreat.
The very top floor of Treehouse has a 360-Degree Yoga Room - purpose built for yoga at the highest point in Watamu. Literally salute the sun - hence the retreat theme RISE. You are always surrounded by the sun, the sea, the forest, this is truly a unique offering experienced nowhere else in the world.
Other areas you will experience your yoga session during this week could be on the exposed sandbars, in the forest , on paddle boards with the sunrise, sunset , or moonrise - there are endless places to do yoga in nature.
“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent van Gogh
YOUR YOGI - CHARLIE MORGAN
Charlie Morgan is an all-round inspiration. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years, coming to it initially from a workout perspective. Following a life-changing trip to the Himalayan Yoga Institute in 2011, Charlie decided to leave her job as an Assistant Buyer for The Disney Store and deepen her knowledge of yoga. In 2012, she became a certified teacher in Bali with The Wise Living Yoga Academy (affiliated to The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India – the world’s oldest organized yoga institution) and came back to set up her own studio in Somerset, UK. Charlie now teach group classes at various top yoga centres and corporations in and around London and private one-to-ones. Charlie is also currently the yoga instructor for the Harlequins rugby team AND teaches internationally at resorts and co-founder of a Yoga and Photography Retreat company called Soulfood London.
Although her classes are extremely fast-paced at times, Charlie is a perfectionist when it comes to correct body alignment, the synchronisation of movement and breath and the importance of a sumptuous, meditative relaxation. Her classes are down-to-earth, fun, creative and challenging, but at the same time accessible, maintaining the philosophy that ‘yoga is for all’.
Charlie is a also an Ambassador for Battersea, Sweaty Betty and the wonderfully Organic and Fair Trade coconut water, Coco Zumi. Who wouldn't want to spend a week with this amazing lady?!
To share the incredible benefit yoga has had on my life, as a practice and as a lifestyle, as far and as wide as
I possibly can… Encouraging people to smile and laugh along the way, opening their minds and hearts, inspiring and empowering them to swallow their fears and fulfil their wildest dreams. I believe that everyone should, and can, live a life they truly love - Charlie Morgan
I have just started my yoga journey and I was so lucky that I met Charlie! From the very first class I loved yoga and Charlie. She is amazing, very sweet and professional. You can really see that yoga is her passion and she certainly knows what she is doing. Each of Charlie’s classes are different, but always wonderful, challenging, fun, with a lot of moves and very cool music. In the end of each class I always leave with the feeling that Charlie made me grow in my practice - both physically and mentally.
COST OF THE RETREAT
- £1,250.00 per person for a space in a twin room or two sharing a double bedroom
- £1,575.00 per person for solo occupancy in your own double room
EARLY BIRD 10% OFF payment until Wednesday 31st January 2018, when booking in full. Enter code EARLY10 at checkout.
There is an option to pay 50% until 31st January 2018, enter TREEHOUSE50 at checkout. Full payment must be made 4 weeks prior to the retreat date, so remaining balance will be invoiced to you on Friday 23rd February and must be made immediately.
Both early bird discount and 50% payment option cannot be applied in one booking. Early bird offer is for those paying in full until Wednesday 31st January 2018.
No refunds, deposits refunds or cancellations are possible once booking has been made.
- 6 days & 5 nights full board accommodation,
sundowners & snacks
- Daily Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga & Meditation sessions with Charlie Morgan Yoga
- All yoga equipment
- 3 Activities organised by Ottilie Wellness
(New Moon float down the Mangroves expedition, SUP, Snorkelling)
- 1 Complimentary Massage
- 2 Guided Walks
- Luxury Goodie Bag
- Airport transfers from Malindi airport.
Cost excludes: flights, travel insurance, personal toiletries, laundry service, tips for staff, individual expenses (gifts) sodas or alcohol, extra spa treatments and extra activities.
Samantha Warner - Founder of Ottilie Wellness
Having travelled the globe since she was six months old, Sam knows a beautiful location when she sees one. With family in Kenya it has always been a dream to share the African magic with as many people as she can. The chance to curate the RISE Yoga Retreat was one not to be missed and Sam is thrilled to be collaborating with the inspirational Charlie Morgan Yoga. Beyond excited doesn't describe it!
The aim of an Ottilie Retreat is to collaborate with inspirational yoga teachers, caterers with a passion for delicious and healthy food and introduce people to incredible locations.
Alongside this, Ottilie want to provide space to connect, away from the pulls of daily life, giving you a chance for self-care, to feel inspired and most of all know that you have the power to RISE.
Sam wants your stay to be a life-changing experience you share with similar souls.
Arrival Monday 19th March 2018
Tea on arrival, time to settle in, explore, relax
6.30pm Yoga Practice & Opening ceremony; a fusion of restorative flow
8pm Sundowners & Dinner
10pm Relaxing / Bed
Tuesday 20th - Friday 23rd March
8am Tea & fruit / energy snack
8.30am - 10.30am Meditation & Vinyasa Flow Practice
11.15 - 2pm Freetime or Excursion (treatments*, time to relax, take a nap - excerusion timetable TBC'd)
2pm Light lunch
3 - 5pm Freetime - Walk / Beach / Pool
5pm Tea & Energy snack
6pm Restorative Yoga Practice
7.30pm Sundowners & Dinner
10pm Relaxing / Bed
Saturday 24th March
8am Tea & fruit / energy snack
8.30am - 10.30am Meditation & Vinyasa Flow Practice
11.15 - 1pm Freetime (treatments*, time to relax, take a nap, go for a walk)
1 - 2pm Final Yoga Practice, Intentions & Closing Ceremony
2pm Light lunch
*There will be an opportunity to book extra excursions and treatments all an additional cost - details and plans can be organised once your booking confirmation has been received.
“Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth” - Roman Payne
Although being in Treehouse feels as if you have stepping into a dream, is it still very accessible.
From the International airport, Nairobi, you can access Treehouse via a simple 1 hour flight to Malindi Airport and then a 25 minute taxi ride.
You can fly to Malindi with Fly540, FlySax or Air Kenya. (last 2 from Nairobi Wilson Airport not international) However, this is a 30 minute taxi ride from Nairobi International airport.
Or you can fly into Mombassa - all the airlines above plus Kenya Airways have flights every hour or so. Inexpensive transfer can be arranged from Mombassa to Treehouse, however please note this is a 2 1/2 hour drive by taxi.
You can do one way Malindi and one way Mombassa by buying one way tickets - there is no price advantage of buying a round trip.
Ottilie Wellness do not offer an international flight package with this retreat. So it is the clients responsibility to get themselves to Malindi airport for the afternoon of Monday 19th March where a transfer to Treehouse will be provided.
The retreat will official begin at 6.30pm on Monday 19th March 2018.
We want you to enjoy this week to the fullest life changing experience you can, therefore, it is up to you, whether you want to join for walks or take a nap, sit by the pool, swim in the ocean or read a good book. We recommend that you attend all the yoga classes to get the most from the week but if you feel your body needs a break we respect this. The RISE African Yoga Retreat is time for you, your self-care and chance to embrace the richness life has to offer.
This retreat is for all levels of yoga, including beginners.
If you have any further questions about the retreat please do contact Sam on 07795 188211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of what to bring, forms for dietary requirements, emergency contact details and booking treatments will be sent nearer the time after you have made your booking.
All clients booking must have necessary travel insurance and a copy must be supplied to Ottilie Wellness 4 weeks prior to retreat date.
We hope you can RISE with us on this amazing adventure!
“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream” - Bern Williams